This is another wonderful walk that gives you amazing views with magnificent limestone cliffs and long sandy beaches. There is a great variety of native flora, as well as native fauna. You will wander through an impressive Karri forest, there are caves and amazing rock formations to discover. This is a walk that really shows off natures beauty and is one worth the explore.
Snap Shots of the Cape 2 Cape you can see our Snap shots of this great walk.
This is the Cape to Cape Track which is situated in the southwest of Western Australia. The trail is 135km’s and starts at the Lighthouse of Cape Naturaliste and finishes south at the Lighthouse of Cape Leeuwin. On the Cape to Cape you will expect to find the track relatively easy to follow as it hugs the coastline while every now and then heads inland giving some variety for you to experience. You can walk this comfortably in 7days, giving yourself time to really enjoy what it has to offer. A lot of people like to do sections at a time. There is the choice of camping along the way with some water tanks to refill your water supply, though do be aware the tanks can at times run dry and creek water must be treated. There also tour operators that will provide drop off and pickup from the trail as well as organise accommodation packages. You can find more information on this if you go to Friends of the Cape to Cape @ http://www.capetocapetrack.com
I would recommend that anyone wanting to walk this trail be relatively fit and prepared to walk in some soft sand. The trail is a mix of paths, you will be walking on dirt tracks, rocky paths, climbing rocky sections, some 4WD tracks, soft sand walking and some are up dunes. I won’t lie it can challenge the legs at times but well worth the effort. Do also carry enough supplies especially water! Australia can be quite hot and harsh at the best of times and water can be hard to find. I would recommend to take at least 3litres per day. Don’t think you can restock along the way because you it’s not reliable. The campsites have tanks but as I said before you can not rely on them, especially if its been an extra hot summer. There are a few towns along the way you could restock with food and water and for the coffee lovers get a well-earned cuppa.
Maps and Guidebooks;
The Maps and guide books can be purchased from most of the hiking stores, though it’s easy enough to order on-line from the Friends of the Track, http://www.capetocape.com.au, also if you go to Departments and Wildlife they have them too. http://www.dpaw.wa.gov.au. There is ‘The Cape to Cape Guide Book’ 5th edition, and the maps, that have loads of information on them. There are two maps with four sections. They are waterproof and tear proof, which is great when that south-westerly starts up. Both the book and the maps will give you the complete run down of the track and distances as well as campsites along the way.
the trail markers are metal markers with a yellow symbol of the Cape and a hiker. They are found on pine posts, also the occasional wooden sign posts at the entry and exit points at the road intersections and beaches.
There are two types of campsites on this trail. There are 4 Cape to Cape sites, with no fees, and 3 National Park sites, where fees apply. The campsites are as follows;
- Mt. Duckworth Campsite, 10.67km, C2C site, has toilet, picnic table, water tank, no shelter.
- Moses Rock Campsite, 34.4km’s, C2C site, has toilet, picnic table, water tank, no shelter.
- Ellensbrook Campsite, 53.91km’s,C2C site, has toilet, picnic table, water tank, no shelter.
- Conto Field Campsite, 81.28km’s, Nat/Park site, water is available.
- Point Road Campsite, 83.16km’s, Nat/Park site, no water.
- Boranup Campsite, off track , down Grace Rd (4WD track) onto Boranuo Drive.
- Deepdene Campsite, 111.33km’s, C2C site, has toilet, picnic table, water tank, no shelter.
Best time to go and weather;
Always keep updated on the weather and when it is the best time to go on any trail that you are planning, as well as staying informed while you are walking. Summertime can be quite warm for walking, with temperatures getting to the mid 30c and winter can get quite wet and windy, especially on the cliff and beach sections, though the temperatures average around a nice 14c. Spring and Autumn are always a great time to walk. For weather information in the southwest of Western Australia you can go to http://www.bom.gov.au. http://www.weatherzone.com.au For alerts also check dpaw.wa.gov.au
There is no direct public transport access to the track, though there are daily bus services to the nearby towns of Dunsborough, Busselton and Margaret River. You could however get a taxi from these towns to the the start of the trail. .
Some further information you can check out these sites;
South West Coachlines- http://www.southwestcoachlines.com.au or Ph. 08 9261 7600
TransWA- http://www.transwa.wa.gov.au 1300 662 205
Some accommodations will offer drop of and pick ups for their guests. Pays to ask.